You can get a vacuum sealer for less than $100 . A vacuum sealer makes you more versatile . It gives you the ability to solve certain problems . It can not only take the bulk out of food items , and make them last longer by sucking all the air out , but can also be used to pack small items together . I have used it on clothing , its a one time deal , but again , takes the bulk out of it . You can also put together fire and medical kits with that thing , keeping everything dry until you need it . They now make bags for use in stashing firearms for vacuum sealers . Light coat of oil , suck the air out , sealed and protected .